Durable Medical Equipment (DME)

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Definition - What does Durable Medical Equipment (DME) mean?

Durable medical equipment (DME) is medical equipment that is intended to last for more than one use, and oftentimes is intended to last for months or even years. Examples of durable medical equipment include crutches and oxygen tanks. Many health insurance policies provide coverage for durable medical equipment so it does not have to be purchased out of pocket.

Insuranceopedia explains Durable Medical Equipment (DME)

Durable medical equipment is just one of many things that an injured or ill person may need from the health care system in order to cope with an injury or an illness. This is in addition to drugs, vitamins, surgeries, treatments, etc. In many cases, having access to durable medical equipment can mean the difference between life or death, or at least between serious discomfort and relative comfort. It is because of its importance that durable medical equipment is often included in health care plans.


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